Officials invite open discussion on Kerr-McGee Superfund Site during upcoming meeting

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — Federal and state officials along with Multistate Trust representatives will hold a public availability session and public meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Navassa next week.

Topics on the agenda include the recently completed remedial investigation, planned feasibility study of potential remediation options, upcoming Community Visioning Workshop, natural resource restoration, and North Carolina recommended limits on consumption of fish and shellfish from near the Site.

The event is happening at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main Street, Navassa, Tuesday. The public availability session is from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and the public meeting is from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The public availability session will provide residents an opportunity to talk one-on-one with experts about the Superfund Site and related matters. Representatives of EPA, N.C. DEQ, Multistate Trust, N.C. DPH and Navassa Trustees Council will be available to answer questions and share information.

“I am making it a priority to ensure contaminated sites get cleaned up,” Administrator Pruitt said, “We will be more hands-on to ensure the proper oversight and attention to the Superfund program at the highest levels of the Agency and to create consistency across states.”

From 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation and other companies used the 251-acre site for creosote-based wood treating. By 1980, Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities. In 2005, the site was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff. In 2009, Tronox filed for bankruptcy protection. In 2011, the Multistate Trust acquired the site as a court-appointed trustee in connection with the Tronox bankruptcy settlement. The Multistate Trust is working with its beneficiaries–EPA and N.C. DEQ–on the Site investigation, remediation and redevelopment planning.

The site is bounded to the east by the Brunswick River, to the south by Sturgeon Creek, to the west by a residential area, and to the north by a light industrial area with an active CSX rail line.

The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related contaminants. The groundwater generally flows south and southeast toward the marshes, Sturgeon Creek and Brunswick River. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the Site.

Since the quarterly public meeting on June 20, 2017, the Multistate Trust has been working with EPA and N.C. DEQ on redevelopment planning with the Redevelopment Working Group of community members and leaders interested in the Site’s future reuse.

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